Excuse me, who ordered the severed head?

Last week, when I suggested several operas for Halloween viewing, I left one out.

My Halloween costume this year was as the obsessive, hyper-sexualized, bloodthirsty title character of Strauss’s bloody one act.

Check out this video of the finale from the Met’s 2008 production of Salome staring the fabulous, if a little bit crazy, Finnish soprano Karita Mattila.

And some people still think opera is “stuffy.”

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2 thoughts on “Excuse me, who ordered the severed head?

  1. mollymakesmusic Post author

    I love that production too! I was hoping to find a clip of Nina Stemme singing it, because, at least vocally, I think she’s the best person doing the role today. But I couldn’t find one that was staged…

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